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External Publication

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Bias against novelty in science: a cautionary tale for users of bibliometric indicators

Research which explores unchartered waters has a high potential for major impact but also carries a higher uncertainty of having impact. Such explorative research is often described as taking a novel approach. This study examines the complex relationship between pursuing a novel approach and impact.

By: Paula Stephan, Reinhilde Veugelers and Jian Wang Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: June 9, 2016
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Policy Contribution

The European Union’s growing innovation divide

The European Union’s growing innovation divide

This Policy Contribution examines the EU’s struggle to improve its capacity for innovation, in particular the differences between EU member states in terms of their capacity to innovate.

By: Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 7, 2016
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Working Paper

Getting the most from public R&D spending in times of budgetary austerity

Getting the most from public R&D spending in times of budgetary austerity

The dangerous cocktail of high debt and low growth in Europe calls for smart public investment that fosters growth whithout being a burden for public finances. Can public spending in R&D sustain innovation and growth, and does it qualify as a smart investment?

By: Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 24, 2016
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Blog Post

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Can mass migration boost innovation and productivity?

The long-term impact of migration on innovation and productivity growth in host countries is a neglected issue in the current debate on refugees. Research shows that these effects can be substantial, but if Europe wants to capitalize on this potential it will need better information systems to match migrants’ skill sets with host environments.

By: Nuria Boot and Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 10, 2016